Serve Videos- Your imput welcome!

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Newberry, May 27, 2006.

  1. Newberry

    Newberry Rookie

    Nov 23, 2005
    I feel a bit like William Hung here, but I have had no professional tennis training. A bunch of us guy bought racquets in Highschool and almost 20 years later I feel like I've got a lot of bad habits ingrained.

    Here are a few serve videos I took today. I'm using a 5G at 65lbs (just upped the tension, and I feel I liked it better at 60 I think) strung with Wilson Ultra Synthetic (just got come cheap gut in the mail today!). Old practice balls being hit.

    First serve is my "flat" serve:

    Here are my second serves. I call this one my "twist" serve as it curves from right to left:

    And my "kick" serve, where I try to brush up the back of the ball a little more:

    I don't see a lot of difference between my second serves and I'm wondering if tossing my "kick" more to the left will help?

    I would like to get a little more pace and movement (I'm guessing my "flat" serve is around 70?) so any input is appreciated!
  2. serveitup911

    serveitup911 Semi-Pro

    Feb 13, 2006
    For not having lessons, your serve really looks pretty good.

    A few things to work on / consider:

    -Let your racket come closer to your back by bending your elbow a bit more when you move into your hitting position.

    -Use a continental grip: rotate your index knuckle clockwise by one bevel

    -Use more trunk rotation: use this to make your arm swing

    -Keep a loose arm and pliable wrist

    -Toss slightly more in front so you can get more weight into the serve
  3. Jon Hampton

    Jon Hampton Rookie

    Feb 18, 2005
    Although I'm no expert, I think I can certainly give you some quick tips for a "better" serve.

    1. On your serves, your non-dominant arm seems to be restricting the power you could have. Try tucking it in more to your body, as opposed to just letting it dangle.

    2. As Serveitup said, you need to throw the ball more into the court and really explode on it. You could be getting some serious pop on the ball!

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